Maurizio Sarri faces the possibility of being sacked by Chelsea, but he’s getting no sympathy from former boss Aurelio De Laurentiis.
De Laurentiis made Sarri’s move to Chelsea as difficult as he possibly could have in the summer. As a result, the Italian had less time to work with his new squad in pre-season, which could be one of the contributing factors towards our struggles of late.
The Napoli president has continually spoken ill of Sarri ever since his departure from the club. He has suggested they’re better off under the stewardship of Carlo Ancelotti, which may be the case, but Sarri pushed Juventus all the way for the title. He deserves respect.
De Laurentiis has no interest in giving him, however. In fact, he appears to be loving the fact that Sarri is under pressure at Stamford Bridge, as has been revealed in recent comments. De Laurentiis is quoted by Standard Sport saying:
“It would be fun to play Chelsea in the [Europa League] final, assuming of course that Sarri can hang on that long.”
We would understand his bitterness if Sarri ever did anything wrong during his time at the Stadio San Paolo, but he turned Napoli into title contenders, something his predecessors struggled with. They’re now 13 points behind Juventus. Make of that what you will.